Hilton, NY: James passed away May 4, 2017, age 87, after a long and beautiful life with his children and the spirit of his Wife by his side.
James was born on August 17, 1929, the son of Theron and Clara (Moore) Bradt in New York. James was united in marriage to Connie Lee (Johnson) Bradt in 1972 in Florida. The couple moved to the Rochester, NY area in 1975 where they lived together for many years and raised their three wonderful children, Kelly, Gary, and April.
After high school, James served 6 years in the United States Air Force (3 years in Korea) as an Intelligence Specialist. After serving the country, James worked in the trades sharing time between New York and Florida. During his younger years, all James needed was his motorcycle, warm weather, and the opportunity to enjoy life. It wasn’t until he met his future wife Connie that he desired to settle down and start a family. Those that knew Jim, understood that his number one “love” was his soul mate Connie. Even after she was taken by the angels at the early age of 41, James spent the rest of his life paying tribute to her ensuring her memory was never forgotten.
James had many hobbies: reading “lots” of books, listening to jazz, “excellent adventures” with his grandchildren, golf, and talking with people, lots of people. Jim never was short of words, and always enjoyed the company of others. In fact, he had business cards made advertising himself as a “Interesting Conversationalist”. James’s uniqueness and love for his Wife and family are what people will remember and miss most about him.
James was preceded in death by his wife Connie, parents Theron and Clara, sister Mildred, brother Ted, and many others that he loved. He is survived by his daughter Kelly (Brian) Knaub, son Gary Cirillo, daughter April (Matt) Myer, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. James was also very close to his many beloved nieces and nephews and his sister-in-law.
James will be laid to rest in Merced, California next to his Wife Connie, where she has been waiting twenty-eight years for him. Although it is sad that James has passed, family and friends take solace knowing that James and Connie are together again.